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Document ID (ISN)53622
CIS number 90-477
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 1988
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Nethercott J.R., Holness D.L.
Title Contact dermatitis in funeral service workers
Bibliographic information May 1988, Vol.18, No.5, p.263-267. 27 ref.
Abstract Eighty-four funeral service workers and 38 control workers were evaluated for the presence of skin disease by history, clinical examination and patch tests with formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde. No relationship between either personal or family history of cutaneous or respiratory manifestations of atopy and clinical parameters of cutaneous disease or patch test results was found. Cutaneous disease was reported in apprentices, active embalmers and inactive embalmers in decreasing order of frequency. Positive patch test reactions to formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde were found in 4% and 7% of the exposed workers respectively, but in none of the controls. Although exposure to glutaraldehyde was less frequent, the prevalence of positive patch test reactions did not differ. This may suggest that glutaraldehyde poses a greater practical risk of cutaneous sensitisation in this trade than formaldehyde.
Descriptors (primary) formaldehyde; glutaraldehyde; skin allergies; sensitization; individual susceptibility; funeral services; eczema
Descriptors (secondary) dermatitis; comparative study; medical examinations; skin tests
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Funeral services